Friday, November 07, 2008

2008: "not boring"

November 2008: end of year round up

Soul Motive 001: Joker

My end of year round up for Pitchfork featuring the best dubstep, grime, funky and wonky releases. My brain still hurts having tried to remember and rank every record I've heard in 12 months. That said Dot Rotten, Joker, Darkstar, Crazy Cousinz and Hyperdub: stand up tall.

Here's what the rest of the year in dubstep, grime, wonk and funk looked like. 2008: it was "not boring..."


October 2008

Zomby: Forest Friend

This month on Zomby plus grime's inroads into the mainstream (on its own terms).

September 2008

kode9 and Spaceape

The rise of the boundary smashers aka The month in dubstep, grime, garage, funky, soca-grime, wonky, UK hip hop-that-thinks-it's-grime, grime-that-thinks-it's-trance, -or house, -or pop, plus chip tunes, vocoder funk or free (road) jazz. Here.

August 2008

JME

This month featuring LD and JME. Serious!

July 2008

Dot Rotten

The death of Young Dot and the resurrection of 2step by Grievous Angel here.

June 2008

the bug

On Rude Kid, The Bug and 2562. Check it here.

April 2008

Rustie

The Wonky special which features Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, Quarta 330, Ikonika, Darkstar, Zomby, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Starkey, Dev79, Joker, Guido, Gemmy, Pinch and Trim. Probably my favourite column of the year.

March 2008


This month's ramblings about Cotti, Skepta, Spyro, Rapid and funky. All roads leading to funky.


Feb 2008

Oneman at Generation Bass, Maida Vale

Up for this month is Oneman, TRG, Wiley, Bless Beats, Flowdan, Jerzy, Kuma, Horsepower, Trim and more.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

enjoyed the column. not to be a pedant but pitchfork need to employ a better proofreader... who's vs whose, worse vs worst etc.

Blackdown said...

i can't spell very well. and i write when i'm physically exhausted. ho hum.

Anonymous said...

you don't know what love is signed to hyperdub. thanks blackdown (and kode9 obv), that's got me hyped

SClear said...

dude says 'not to be a pedant' and then is... odd.

Enjoyed the column.

Anonymous said...

hey, nothing to do with you, there should be a proofreader!

Anonymous said...

great roundup of tunes....but it is almost like a best of the year ahead. so much of that stuff isn't out yet!!

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Anonymous said...

really don't know why you think 'angry world' is so good tho.

Blackdown said...

"angry world" has that incredible tension between being dark and light, between beguiling high end melodies and low down physical bass weight.

the whole tune is edgy, caught in a tension between not comically dark or plastically light. i love it!

cold sweat said...

Great post. Granted, 2008 was less spectacular then before, but not boring. Not by far...

Personal faves popping up when reading the article:

- Dusk & Blackdown - Con/Fusion
- Zen Militia - Pull of guilt
- South3rn - This is floating

pollywog said...

do you not realise how your cred diminishes and dubstep dies a little every time you pimp grievous angel's bits ???

The leaders, fans and advocates of this style will have the blood on their hands of a once vital and unique genre that had been and had the potential to continue to be truly different and original. They will have to live with that shame.

you made ya bed now lie in it...

dramaqueen said...

incredible !!

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